52 Cameras – Week 24 -Minolta 600si


The Minolta 600si is an autofocus SLR from 1995. Its primary claim to fame is its interface, which uses knobs and buttons for all of its functions. There are no Mode buttons or softkeys involved. It was marketed as a modern electronic camera for those who like older style cameras.

Mine was an eBay bargain find after hearing it mentioned on the Film Photography Podcast. It came as a body only. I purchased a bargain-grade 28-80 zoom from a broker, only to discover that it will not zoom beyond 50mm. I should be upset, but for what I paid I'm happy with what I got.

I loaded it with Kodak Portra, pushed it to 1600ASA, and took it on a trip to the New York State Museum this week.


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